Our lodge is located near the village of Oran, a designated national heritage site in the Peruvian Amazon 2.5 hours by speedboat from the city of Iquitos. From our lodge it is possible to explore over fifteen different ecosystems endemic to the Amazon River region in one week. We are proud to be the only ones offering such a diversity of programs in such unique areas of the Peruvian Amazon. We will see giant ceiba trees, mammoth lily pads, pink and gray river dolphins. We will hike through different forest ecosystems spotting monkeys, exotic birds and we will canoe through seasonally flooded forests.
Your stay and adventures are up to you, we want your trip to be personalized experiences which are flexible and diverse as the Amazon itself. All the excursions are designed to be flexible depending on the group or individual. Guests and guides often work together to design a custom itinerary based on interest and ability.
Each guest is appointed a personal bilingual naturalist guide with whom you can organize each day usually over one of three exceptionally prepared meals highlighting regional produce. During down time you may choose to visit our extensive tropical butterfly gardens that surround the lodge or try to count the endless number of hummingbirds and exotic flowers just outside your room.
The main lodge has a modern kitchen, plumbing and solar for powering the lighting and recharging batteries. Each room has its own private bathroom. All lodge rooms are conveniently closed in by mosquito netting (as well as the beds themselves) to ensure a good nights sleep.
A one floor, 60 square meter house comfortable for up to eight people. The house features a large bathroom, hardwood floors, beds and hammocks. Solar is used to power the lighting and charging station. Our favorite part is the covered balcony that overlooks the varzea forest of the Oran creek.
A large, stand-alone house comfortable for two.
- Transportation from and to the airport
- Transportion in and out of the lodge
- Your own personal naturalist bilingual guide
- A local indigenous guide
- Lodging with private bathroom
- All daily excursions
- 3 excellent meals a day (dietary requests honored)
- Snacks, purified water, coffee and tea
- Rubber boots
- Laundry service
- Battery recharging by solar panels
Sample Lodge Activities
- See and climb massive ceiba or Kapok trees and find giant water lilies, or Victoria regia
- Watch and swim with multitudes of pink and grey river dolphins
- See the spectacular Amazon River sunrise or sunset and night trips to view constellations and the Milky Way
- Canoe in the flooded forest (January – June) or camping out deep in the jungle
- Learn jungle survival techniques along with how to use medicinal and other useful rainforest plants.
- Sport fish for piraña, peacock bass, oscar or giant catfish in lakes, creeks or the Amazon River.
- Visit an old fashioned rum distillery along the river or Belen open air market in Iquitos.
- Visit Pilipintuasi butterfly farm and animal orphanage or ACOBIA Manatee rescue and rehabilitation center
Wildlife Viewing Excursions
Boating and hiking excursions leave from the lodge and venture into many different types of primary forest and river types to explore for wildlife, birds and fish. Often we see sloths, anacondas, caimans, poison dart frogs, monkey frogs, primates, peccary, electric fish (eel), tarantulas and river otters, We are fortunate to share the jungle with species of birds such as eagles, parrots, macaws, toucans, herons and hoatzin.
Visit to a real Yagua native community and learn about their customs and way of life. Camp with them deep in their communal lands or spend a night in a local dwelling. Shop their environmentally sustainable artesian necklaces, hand woven palm fiber bags, wooden sculptures, blowguns and other crafts.
Why choose Otorongo Expeditions?
We offer private guides and 15+ ecosystems to explore on the Amazon River. No grouping with other guests on excursions and no fake tourist shows. A truly 100% authentic Amazon adventure. We offer genuine personalized itineraries and guaranteed excellent service.
At the lodge, we serve delicious international and local foods (we can meet your dietary requests), clean private bathrooms, solar power for lights and recharging batteries, a stellar staff and 100% honest pricing. We have truly dedicated owners.
We’re local. We take part in community tourism projects, conservation of forest and fauna, offer fair wages, local education of resource value, we consume local products, recycle and compost and we only use 4-stroke (low-emission & low fuel consumption) outboard motors for transport.
Your custom, personal adventure
You can create your own program by selecting activities from our lists which fit your desires. We are very open-minded to anything that you may suggest and we would like to cover your general interests. Your group will be assigned a personal guide to escort you throughout your stay at the Otorongo lodge making your adventure up to you.
Where have I seen OtoEx before?
We are highlighted in Lonely Planets Peru Guide as their pick, we have top reviews on Trip Advisor and we have been featured in several television programs such as National Geographic Channel’s ‘Hooked: Monster Fishing’ and ‘Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing Challenge.
Our environmental policies
We do not simply use the phrase ‘green’ or ‘eco’ because it is popular, we actually exercise practices such as composting, the use of low emission motors, solar panels for renewable energy source and a proper septic system. We also are one of the highest paying lodges for locals even when no guests are visiting us at the lodge.
What should I bring with me?
- Lightweight long sleeve shirt and pants
- Light rain jacket
- Hat, sunglasses
- Camera, binoculars
- Flashlight and/or headlamp
- Batteries (recharging available)
- Insect repellent
- Personal first-aid kit
Example itinerary for 5 days of jungle lodging
Lodging with daily excursions. Optional overnight camping. Free time for relaxing, exploring or other activities.
|Guests are picked up from the Iquitos Airport upon arrival. Quick city tour with options to visit the Belen open-air Market. Departure from port of Nanay via our private speed boat. Option to visit an old-style, horse-drawn sugarcane rum distillery and a chance to try some of Don Guerra’s Exotic Amazonian liquors. Arrival to Otorongo Expedition lodge, orientation and lunch. Short walk behind the lodge in primary terra firme rainforest in search of wildlife, medicinal plants and flowers. Dinner followed by optional nocturnal excursion by boat, canoe or foot (depending of season or weather) looking for insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds.|
|Departure by boat to Mayo Cocha to canoe through flooded forest to see the prehistoric looking Hoatzin birds as well as various species of monkeys such as howler and squirrel monkey. Be surrounded in the thick jungle where species of plants and animals life´s are still unclassified by modern science. Return to the lodge for lunch followed by a visit to a Native community to learn about their culture, fishing practices, farming and use of ancient mystical medicines derived from the rainforest. Return to the lodge, dinner. Optional nocturnal trip about the grounds or river.|
|Early breakfast and departure by boat to Cocha Ayzana (black water) to fish piranha, see giant water lily pads and short walk to see the enormous Ceiba trees. Return to the lodge for lunch and a rest. Boat ride in the River Oran and jungle walk exploring the area to see animals commonly found in this ecosystem. Dinner back at the lodge.|
|After breakfast, we depart for our over night camping trip. Generally 1-2 hours of travel by boat or foot. Sleep in well protected tents. Observations of different ecosystems. Chances to see more exuberant wildlife.|
|Early rise to observe wildlife. Breakfast and return to the lodge. Morning free. Lunch Boat ride in search of the beautiful pink and grey dolphins and swim with them along the Amazon river, observations of the sunset with snack. Dinner Shaman lucky ceremony|
|Swimming in Quebrada Oran. Fishing near the lodge. Bird watching near the lodge. Guided walk through the botanical garden near the lodge. Get to know a local dwelling. Sunset on the Amazon near macaw roost. Bonfire and story telling. Siesta in the hammock room. Weaving class with a local from a village.|